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2016 Road to the Kentucky Derby

The 142nd running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) will be run Saturday, May 7, 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, a tiered point system in select races will determine who qualifies to America’s greatest race.


3-Year-Old Stakes Preview for Saturday, April 16th - by Michael Patricks

There are two final 3 year-old major prep races to be run on Saturday, the main event being the Arkansas Derby from closing day at Oaklawn Park. Last week, Brody’s Cause climbed to #5 on the 2016 Derby Points Standings with his victory in the Toyota Blue Grass. Brody’s Cause displayed a strong turn of foot and drew clear with a resounding score, stamping him as a logical player at Churchill in three weeks. In the Wood Memorial from Aqueduct, Outlook out-gamed the stubborn maiden Trojan Nation at very long odds, prevailing in a long duel at the wire. As much as any horse deserves credit for a Grade I Victory, one must question the quality Outlook toppled when the runner-up from his race, Trojan Nation, still has not earned his diploma. Finally, Exaggerator demolished foes in the Santa Anita Derby field which was run in the slop. Many will point to Exaggerator’s strong preference for running in the slop and insist that he needs a wet track in three weeks to fire his best shot, and thus that a rain dance is required for him to win the Kentucky Derby. However, a closer look at his past performances tells you Exaggerator never runs a bad race and could very well be the “buzz horse” all Derby week long.

Gun Runner quietly remains on top of the Kentucky Derby points standings with 151 points based on his victories in the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby. Right behind him is Nyquist (130) in the second slot. Rounding out the top 5 are Exaggerator (126), Outwork (120), and Brody’s Cause (114). Who may vault their way into the top 5? With 40 points awarded to the winner in the Arkansas Derby, logically the analysis begins there:

Oaklawn Park Race 11—The Arkansas Derby $1,000,000 1 1/8 Miles
Post time 4:15 PM PT
# 10 Cupid 2/1- Versatile son of Tapit appears to be Bob Baffert’s best bullet this year. Coming off an authoritative score in the Rebel over this surface last time, Cupid will strictly be the one to beat. The wide post may be a slight concern to some, but given Cupid’s tractable and versatile way of going it should not impact him too dramatically. Baffert is seeking his fifth Arkansas Derby win in the past seven years with victories in 2010 (Lookin at Lucky), 2011 (The Factor), 2012 (Secret Circle) and of course last year with the Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah. It’s certainly Cupid’s race to lose at what will be a very short price in the 6/5 or 7/5 neighborhood.
# 8 Whitmore 9/2- Trained by Ron Moquett, this local entrant could not go by Cupid last time in the Rebel. Though he seems to run his race each and every time, he seems to be settling for minor placings as of late and arrives here a bit win-shy as far as wagering goes. Whitmore is virtually a lock to be on Trifecta and Superfecta tickets, but one gets the feeling his “A race” will have to be combined with a couple others “B races” if he’s to get the chocolates on Saturday.
#4 Suddenbreakingnews 5/1- Another Midwestern hope who does his best running from the clouds. Historically, his running style has not played out well to winning races both inside and outside the Triple Crown Series. A third start off the layoff is often a horse’s best effort, yet he is completely dependent on a cutting pace duel up top and his ability to navigate his way through traffic late. This will certainly be a tall task today even with some tiring horses in front of him. Indeed, the racing Gods will have to be smiling on him big time if he’s going to greet the cameraman in Arkansas.

Keeneland Race 9-The Coolmore Lexington Stakes $150,000 1 1/16 Miles
Post time: 2:00 PM PT
#4 Swipe 9/5- The lesser-profiled Lexington Stakes offers only 10 Derby Points with a mere four points going to the winner. Headlining the field is Swipe at 9/5 and he has been afflicted with a severe bout of “Seconditis”, though his believers will tell you that this “condition” has much less to do with his racing efforts compared to that of the competition he has been chasing. Swipe has finished second four consecutive times to Nyquist, closing the margin of victory with each and every performance. Though Swipe will certainly breathe a sigh of relief in not seeing Nyquist today, trainer Keith Desormeaux has been outspoken that Swipe will not be going to the Kentucky Derby in three weeks unless the horse basically drags him there. With Exaggerator firmly in the field for Desormeaux, it figures that Swipe will not arrive for the Lexington as a rush job for Desormeaux, which should inspire his backers. By Birdstone, Swipe should be able to run all day long. If he isn’t fully cranked today, expect him to get better with each passing start this Spring. If he continues to improve, it’s reasonable to expect you will see Swipe loaded for bear in the Belmont Stakes.
# 10 Collected 2/1- Collected dazzled most recently in a race formerly known as the Sunland Derby. From the powerful Baffert stable, Collected sprinted clear and drew off nicely in his prior score. Drawn furthest out, Collected may have to take the overland route to pay dirt with plenty of speed signed on to his inside. I’ts quite unusual to see Javier Castellano riding for Bob Baffert, as Martin Garcia logically opts for Cupid at Oaklawn Park later in the day. Collected looks solid on paper, but much like last week with Zulu predictably got himself unwittingly involved in a speed cavalcade by adding blinkers in the Blue Grass Stakes, gut instinct tells me this horse is going to face the acid test today at a very short price; mixed signals.
# 8 Riker—Trained by Mark Casse, and owned by Team Valor, Riker has a license to improve in his second start off a six-month layoff. His loyalists will tell you that Riker had to need his last start in the Tampa Bay Derby and that’s why he faded to 6th and was beaten a good margin. In addition, the Tampa Bay Derby has produced next-out winners in both Brody’s Cause (Blue Grass Stakes) and Outwork (Wood Memorial). Critics will hastily tell you that Riker needs the lead and has not shown an ability to consistently pass horses in his six-race career. Riker set the pace in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and has tested better quality in his last two races than he faces here today. At 6/1 and a very fair price, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if trainer Casse has something up his sleeve with today’s slight drop in class and Riker’s name is called nearing the wire; the pick.

Check back in three weeks as I do a deep dive into all 20 runners in the 142nd renewal of the Run for the Roses.

Kentucky Derby 2016 Point Standings

Road to the Kentucky Derby Details

Race Replay: 2016 Santa Anita Derby

Congratulations to Exaggerator, #3 in the 2016 Kentucky Derby point standings (4/10/2016).

Race Replay: 2016 Wood Memorial Stakes

Congratulations to Outwork, #4 in the 2016 Kentucky Derby point standings (4/10/2016).

Race Replay: 2016 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

Congratulations to Brody's Cause, #5 in the 2016 Kentucky Derby point standings (4/10/2016).

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